Oregon’s Culture and History
Echoes of Oregon’s pioneer past and American Indian ancestry emanate from the far reaches of the state,
offering an intimate look at our nation’s history. Covered wagons and calico reign along the old Oregon Trail,
where museums, living history re-enactments and historic markers bring the nation’s largest Western migration alive
and honor the legacy of Oregon’s tribal history.
Inspiring settlers to hit the trail were Lewis and Clark and their
Corps of Discovery, who wintered in the far northwestern reaches of the state. The historic scene is captured in every
detail at Fort Clatsop, a national historic park with a full replica of the fort and trails to the ocean.
Modern day explorers can get a taste of the Wild West by taking part in one of the oldest rodeos in
America, but also by heading off the beaten path to explore some pretty unexpected places – from underground tours of
secret rooms and tunnels of ill repute to ghost towns and a perfectly preserved Chinese outpost from the 1800s left untouched for decades.
So “Go West!” Oregon style, and chart your own memorable journey. It’s a road trip worthy of any time machine.